Ritz Theatre Company

915 White Horse Pike,
Oaklyn, NJ 08107

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Actually located in Haddon Township, but listed as being in Oaklyn. Opened in 1927 with 600 seats, the Ritz Theatre was a popular downtown cinema before it went into a period of decline in the 1970’s when it became a venue for adult movies.

When videocassettes became more popular, it spelled the end for many adult theaters, including the Ritz Theatre, which closed in the mid-1980’s.

A local theater company, "Puttin' on the Ritz Inc.", (now the Ritz Theatre Company) began leasing the Ritz Theatre in 1985 and has used the historic movie house as a venue for live theater ever since.

The group purchased the 400-seat Ritz Theatre and restored and renovated the building.

Restorations included the facade of the building and the interior murals, as well as adding seats in the auditorium. The Greek Revival-style Ritz has also been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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teecee on March 2, 2006 at 10:31 am

Listed in the 1970 FDY as part of William Goldman Theatres, Inc.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 28, 2006 at 11:41 pm

This is a modern photo of the Ritz theater.

teecee on May 13, 2006 at 11:44 am

Additional information and photo:
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ERD on May 13, 2006 at 1:39 pm

Looks like a nice cozy little theatre. I wish the owners success.

HistoryGuy on February 12, 2007 at 2:02 am

The Haddon Township Historical Society has a page of pictures and history about the Ritz Thetare. The link is: View link The historical society web site also mentions that the Ritz will be the location for a film about a closed cross-town theatre — The historic Westmont Theatre. Brent J. Donaway’s documentary film The Grand Old Lady (Footprint Films)is going to premiere at the Ritz Thetare on May 6, 2007. Info is from a flyer located at www.myspace.com/TheWestmontTheatre I think it is really cool that one local historic theatre, the Ritz, will be the premiere location for a film about another local theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 22, 2008 at 3:54 pm

This is a nice close-up shot of the Ritz.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 24, 2008 at 5:20 pm

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002

Ritz Theatre (added 2002 – Building – #02001625)
915 White Horse Pike, Haddon

Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: Hodgens & Hill
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation, Community Planning And Development, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1950-1974
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 21, 2009 at 4:04 am

Here are some July 2009 photos:




RickB on March 8, 2014 at 3:33 am

Revenues have dropped, so the Ritz will present a fund-raising show on April 5. Philly.com story here.

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